Avoca’s Home Made Café is celebrating more than just its third birthday this year, with the business now officially recognised as regional Victoria’s only accredited gluten free café.
The café achieved its accreditation after a lengthy process, in time for Coeliac Awareness Week which runs from March 13 to 20.
With over 355,000 Australians suffering from coeliac disease — when the immune system reacts abnormally to gluten causing small bowel damage — or around one in 70 people, the week’s aim for 2020 is to raise awareness about the disease and the need for it to be treated seriously.
Home Made owner Paul Quixley became one of those numbers after he was diagnosed as coeliac around five years ago and said it made him keen to start introducing more gluten free items into his business.
“As a type one diabetic, my doctor said he generally tests those patients for coeliac disease so he got me tested, which isn’t something I would’ve thought about before that, and sure enough it came back positive,” he said.
“I’d heard of gluten free but didn’t know much about it but since getting the diagnosis I wanted to make sure we sold more gluten free options.”
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